The following are the highlights and the full recording of the Borough of Hopatcong Council Meeting that was held on February 17, 2021, by Zoom Technology.
The following should be considered the more important community developments for residents:
- Five members of Pack 88 achieved the Arrow of Light Rank and were highly thanked by the Mayor and Council as to the service they provide for our town.
- Council seeking to help Hopatcong Ambulance Squad in helping them gain what is needed for the job.
- DPW continues to do a great job on our roads. A recent shortage of salt has been replenished.
- Mayor calls for people to be careful during COVID. Borough Hall was recently disinfected by an outside firm. Using all technologies possible for residents and employees.
Council Meeting Highlights: Watch the Full Video
2021 Proclamation Days Named:
Council Member Updates:
- Councilmember Bradley Hoferkamp advised of the work being done by the Lake Hopatcong Commission (LHC) on the Do’s/Do not for Ice Retardant systems. Review the Hopatcong Ordinances.
- Upcoming Rain Garden webinar is free of charge and offers a $450 rebate if you decide to create a custom Rain Garden through the Rutgers Sponsor.
- Hopatcong Days has been moved to September 18, 2021.
- The concert in the Park is scheduled for July 10, 2021, with the Miss Hopatcong Contest on July 11, 2021.
- Councilmember Ryan Smith provided updates on the Chamber meeting and MUA.
- Progress has been made on the new Storm Ordinance (Ordinance 2-2021) as mandated by the State, with the first reading during today’s meeting.
- Upcoming meeting with key council members on the Hopatcong Ambulance Squad, to help them gain what they need in town. Currently, Hopatcong Ambulance Squad 233 Truck is out of commission and awaiting repairs estimated at $7,500.
- The school district still has 30% of students that are 100% virtual, and the district is awaiting the movement to Orange COVID status in the state to move to 100% attendance.
- A few officers from Hopatcong tested positive for COVID and steps were immediately taken.
- Hopatcong Police is going through a rewriting of Policies and Procedures.
- Borough ran low on Salt, but recent deliveries have replenished the supply, and they are ready for the upcoming future.
- Resident thanks Councilmember Jennifer Johnson for her long-term work with Pack 88 as Den Leader over the last five years as these scouts working their way through the Cub Scout Achievements.
- Resident that has appeared before the Council once again as complained about the runoff of water runoff from a proposed Borough catch-basin.
A: The Borough has clearly stated their position, and nothing new has been presented for it to be reconsidered.
- Resident asked if Community Center will offer Vaccines in the future.
A: No news is available of Vaccines offered directly to the Borough or the Community Center.
1. Ordinance 1-2021, Refunding Bond [Passed]
REFUNDING BOND ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, IN THE COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY (THE "BOROUGH”) PROVIDING FOR (i) THE REFUNDING OF CERTAIN OUTSTANDING GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS, SERIES 2011 OF THE BOROUGH DATED SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 TO PROVIDE DEBT SERVICE SAVINGS, AND (ii) AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF NOT TO EXCEED $1,550,000 AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF GENERAL OBLIGATION REFUNDING BONDS OF THE BOROUGH TO EFFECT SUCH REFUNDING AND APPROPRIATING THE PROCEEDS THEREFOR
- Councilmember Richard Schindelar requested that Ron Tappan provide estimated savings for the next meeting
2. Ordinance 2-2021, Stormwater amendment [Passed]
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX REPLACING ARTICLE IX OF CHAPTER 242 OF THE CODE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG REGARDING STORMWATER CONTROL.
3. Ordinance 3-2021, Auction of 16 Oklahoma Trail, Block 41001 Lot 43 [Passed]
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNED BY TH BOROUGH AND NOT REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 16 OKLAHOMA TRAIL, BLOCK 41001 Lot 43
4. Ordinance 4-2021, Auction of 37 Madison Trail, Block 30203 Lot 2 [Passed]
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOROUGH OF HOPATCONG, COUNTY OF SUSSEX, STATE OF NEW JERSEY AUTHORIZING THE SALE OF CERTAIN PROPERTY OWNED BY THE BOROUGH AND NOT REQUIRED FOR PUBLIC PURPOSES ND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 37 MADISON TRAIL, BLOCK 30203 LOT 2
- 2021-41, Authorization for a change order for 2019 road resurfacing with Tilcon [Passed]
- 2021-42, Authorization for a change order for 2019 road striping with Denville Line Painting [Passed]
Note: Borough Administrator Clarified that both of these saved the Borough Money.
Old Business: None
New Business: None
- Mayor added additional comments on his and the Borough's love of all scouts within the town. See the above-attached video.
- Special Thanks to the Kiwanis Club, Hopatcong Recreation (Kathy Millian), and Troup 191 that assisted with the Food Drive in the area.
- Special thanks to Councilmember Down Roberts for the hard work that happens at the Hopatcong Community Center in feeding, helping, and for showing the resources available into our region for those that need it.
- The Hopatcong Department of Works (DPW) has done an outstanding job with the Snow so far into the season and will continue this high level of performance.
- Warns that COVID is nothing to mess with, cases in Hopatcong have gone up. He asks that everyone pay attention to ensure their safety.
- Recently the Borough Hall was fully sanitized by an outside agency after a few positive results for COVID. The Borough is continuing to minimize personal contact and do standard business.
- The Borough and DPW will start using new electrostatic sprayers to disinfect surfaces, continue to UVC lights and any other technologies to protect our borough employees.
- The Mayor continued to express the importance of taking personal responsibility during this COVID period. Please be careful!
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